Mesa man facing murder charge in connection with fatal stabbing

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Stephen Alfred Escalante By Andrew Michalscheck Stephen Alfred Escalante By Andrew Michalscheck

MESA, Ariz. – A Mesa man is facing charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for his alleged role in a double stabbing that left one man dead.

Mesa police said Stephen Alfred Escalante, 25, was arrested late Wednesday night and is being held on $800,000 bond.

Officers responded to an apartment complex near Country Club and McKellips after receiving word of a possible stabbing.

Police arrived to find Timothy Simpson behind a nearby gas station with a stab wound to his abdomen.

Simpson was taken to the hospital where he eventually died.

A second victim, identified as Martin Davis, was located inside an apartment at the complex and said he had been stabbed by a Hispanic man with a mustache or beard.

Davis went on to say that a woman he didn’t know had invited him inside her apartment where they drank beer together.

At some point while Davis and the woman were drinking, Simpson also entered the apartment.

Shortly after Simpson walked in, Davis said Escalante came into the apartment and stabbed Simpson three times in the stomach.

Davis was also stabbed by Escalante, but he and Simpson were eventually able to flee the apartment and call police.

Davis was subsequently taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.

After speaking with Davis, police responded to the apartment where Davis and the woman had been drinking and found Escalante inside.

Escalante refused to exit the apartment and was shot with a bean bag shotgun. Escalante eventually exited the apartment along with a woman identified as Chantell Ramirez.

Police would go on to learn that Escalante and Ramirez lived together in the apartment.

Ramirez reportedly provided investigators with several accounts of the stabbing, but said she was intoxicated and couldn’t really remember what had happened.

Ramirez stated that Escalante admitted to stabbing both men because he thought they were taking advantage of her. Ramirez also revealed that she had had sexual relations with Simpson about two months prior, and had seen him earlier that day.

According to police, Escalante said he saw Ramirez on a mattress and “felt a rage.”

Police said Escalante would not discuss any details about the incident, but did not deny stabbing both men.